Episode 76: Crafting Art with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Get ready to dive into the colorful crafting world in our latest Spotlight Houston episode. Join us as we chat with Tarina Frank, the education director at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), and uncover the magic of crafting art. Crafting is an art form that embraces clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, and even recycled materials!

Learn about their mission to educate and inspire the community through diverse educational programs, events, and artist residency programs. Discover how to unleash your inner craft artist and explore exhibits showcasing various creative works. 

Tarina also highlights some can’t-miss events like Hands-on Houston, Craft Community Day, the annual spring festival, and Spring Break programs that offer fun for all ages. Learn about adult workshops, current exhibits, and how you can contribute as a volunteer or supporter.

Are you interested in crafting or supporting the arts? Visit https://www.crafthouston.org to learn more about how you can get involved with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Don’t forget to tune in every Sunday for more episodes celebrating Houston’s vibrant culture. Do you have any thoughts or ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening to Spotlight Houston.

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00:00 Opening clip.
We grow materials in our garden for projects and artist use. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Focus on craft mediums for functional objects.

04:23 About crafts.
Craftspeople are experts in specific techniques or materials, such as ceramics, while artists focus more on painting and drawing. This distinction means that a ceramicist typically specializes only in ceramics, while an artist may not specialize in a particular medium.

07:28 Craft Community Day.
Craft Community Day on March 2nd in Houston will feature local guilds and craftspeople demonstrating activities such as pottery, weaving, and blacksmithing, inviting participants to try various crafts.

13:29 Exhibit.
The exhibition ‘This Side Up’ showcases the work of art handlers and their artisanal craftsmanship, referencing the world of art handling. Highlights technical work and specialized knowledge in the field of craft.

14:27 About the gallery.
The gallery currently has two exhibits: “Fiber in 3D Indigo Houston” in the Astra gallery, featuring a site-specific installation by Baggs McKelvey using 6000 feet of hand-cut denim rope, and an indigo garden exhibit. The installation offers an immersive experience with beanbags for relaxation and showcases indigo, also grown in the gallery’s garden. This is described as a “farm to table” experience, connecting the garden, studios, and galleries.

20:08 More info.
You can find us online at crafthouston.org Facebook, and Instagram under the handle crafthouston. Visit our physical location at 4848 Main Street in the museum district. The building is a red building on the corner of Main Street and Rosedale. Parking is available behind the building on the corner of Rosedale and Travis.

25:06 Contact us. 
Houston Center For Contemporary Craft offers craft workshops, kite-making, and framing events. Dive into textile arts with indigo-dyed handkerchiefs workshop on May 4th. Contact 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org for more information.

28:48 Houston Food Bank. 
Volunteers at the Houston Food Bank support through financial contributions and participation in various projects, such as the backpack buddy program, which provides weekend meals for children who rely on school meals. The bank ensures those kids have access to breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends.

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